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Re: changing style of vertices for ShowGraph with Combinatorica

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  • Subject: [mg86312] Re: [mg86270] changing style of vertices for ShowGraph with Combinatorica
  • From: "J. McKenzie Alexander" <jalex at>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2008 05:41:14 -0500 (EST)
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Take a look at GraphPlot, the graph rendering function that is built  
into the Mathematica kernel.  I switched from using ShowGraph to  
GraphPlot after realising that it was (a) faster and (b) easier to  
customise.  Here's what you want:

  Method -> None,
  EdgeRenderingFunction -> ({Black, Line[#1]} &),
  VertexRenderingFunction -> ({EdgeForm[{Thickness[0.005], Red}],  
      Disk[#1, 0.04]} &)

You need to specify Method->None, otherwise GraphPlot will override  
the specified positions of the vertices in the graph and use its own  
default vertex positioning algorithm.

VertexRenderingFunction is what you need to define in order to  
customise the appearance of the vertices.

I provided a definition of EdgeRenderingFunction just so that the  
edges are rendered in the same way as ShowGraph.



J. McKenzie Alexander
Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

On 7 Mar 2008, at 07:29, Murray Eisenberg wrote:

> With Mathematica 6, I can change the default style (medium black disk)
> for rendering the vertices of a Combinatorica Graph like this:
>   Needs["Combinatorica`"]
>   g = Cycle[3];
>   ShowGraph[g, VertexStyle -> Disk[Large], VertexColor -> Red]
> But how can I, for example, change the vertex style so it is, say, a
> large yellow disk with a thick red boundary?  Or even just change it  
> to
> be a circle?  I tried "obvious" things like the following, but they
> cause errors:
>   ShowGraph[g, VertexStyle -> Graphics[Circle[], ImageSize -> 20]]
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